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Navy Falls to West Chester, 5-2


ANNAPOLIS, MD (Saturday, January 16, 2010) -- West Chester scored a pair of goals less than two minutes apart midway through the third period to break open a close game and defeat Navy's ice hockey team, 5-2, in an Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) contest Saturday night at the McMullen Hockey Arena.

With the loss, the Midshipmen dropped to 8-16-2 overall and 1-12-1 in the ESCHL.  The Golden Rams improved to 13-11-1 overall and 7-6-1 in the league.

West Chester scored the only goal in the first period, a power play tally at 9:45.  The Golden Rams increased their lead to 2-0 early in the middle stanza with an even strength goal at the 4:38 mark.
Navy got on the scoreboard a short time later when senior co-captain Chandler Brewer drilled a shot from the left point that eluded Golden Ram goaltender Matt Murnane at 7:43.  West Chester regained its two-goal advantage before the period ended when Bob McInerney fired a one-timer from just inside the blue line past Navy netminder Eric Anderson while the visitors were enjoying a 5-on-3 extra man advantage.
The Golden Rams put the game out of reach in the third period with their third power play tally of the night at 10:02, followed by an even strength goal at 11:31.  The Midshipmen completed the scoring when senior co-captain Patrick Heitman fired a shot from the left point that was tipped in by freshman Doug Dietrich at 13:13.
Anderson stopped 29 of the 34 West Chester shots he faced, while his counterpart Murnane was credited with 33 saves.  The Mids outshot the Golden Rams, 35-34.  Navy was whistled for 26 minutes in penalties, compared to 30 for West Chester.  The Mids were 1-for-9 in extra man situations, while the Golden Rams were 3-for-9.
Navy will be on the road for a pair of games next weekend, visiting Delaware to take on the Blue Hens Friday at 9 p.m. and again Saturday at 5 p.m.
West Chester    1   2   2  -  5
NAVY               0   1   1  -  2
First Period
WC - McGarry (Meade, Johnson) 9:45  PP
Second Period
WC - McGarry (Johnson, Shockley) 4:38
N - Brewer 2 (Kinkade, Tumolo) 7:43  PP
WC - McInerney (Shockley) 12:32  PP
Third Period
WC - Longo (Meade, Johnson) 10:02  PP
WC - Ryder (Shockley, Reitz) 11:31
N - Dietrich 4 (Heitman, Maguire) 13:13
Murnane (WC)      7   9   17  - 33
Anderson (NAVY)  8   9   12  - 29

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